|Making Labs ... Happy? -- Groks Science Show 2014-03-05 - Groks Science Show|
Why do lab supplies cost so much? How much waste does scientific research generate? Is there a way to make science more efficient? In this episode we interview Tom Ruginis, founder and Chief Happiness Officer at HappiLabs -- a company that aims to improve the happiness of scientists and the quality of their research.
Keywords: research; lab supplies; economics; community; sustainability
|The Wizard of Menlo Park -- Groks Science Show 2014-02-26|
Topping Life magazine's list of the most important people of the last 1000 years, Thomas Edison is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest inventors. His influences on industry and technology remain with us today, over 80 years after his death. Joining us for this program is Edison biographer Leonard DeGraaf to discuss the life and works of the historic innovator and businessman, Thomas Edison.
Keywords: Thomas Edison; Edison; Innovation; Leonard Degraaf; Inventor; Biography
|Planet of the Apes -- Groks Science Show 2014-02-19 - Joanna Rowell|
What can our closest living relatives - great apes like the chimpanzee and bonobo - teach us about ourselves? Are we the only species that tells lies or wages war? Do other apes have culture? On this episode, Dale Peterson joins us to discuss these fascinating, yet sadly endangered, animals.
Keywords: Dale Peterson; primates; apes; chimpanzees; Jane Goodall; bonobos; conservation
|Neutrino Hunters- Groks Science Show 2014-02-12|
Trillions of subatomic particles called neutrinos are zipping through our bodies every second of every day. If that gave you goosebumps, don't worry because they're very shy and rarely interact with other matter- a property that makes them difficult to detect. Astrophysicist Dr. Ray Jayawardhana joins us today to discuss the hunt for neutrinos, the elusive elementary particle that brings news from distant stars and can help us understand the nature of antimatter...
Keywords: Groks; neutrinos; Jayawardhana; groks science show; particle physics
|Seahorses and Jellyfish and Copepods, Oh My! -- Groks Science Show 2013-02-05 - Chenan Zhang|
Dr. Brad Gemmell gives us a glimpse into the secret predatory lives of seahorses, and describes how we are getting ideas from the anatomy of the jellyfish for designing vehicles for water and air travel, along with many other ways in which the wonderful world under the sea inspires and teaches us.
Keywords: Groks; Groks Science Show; Brad Gemmell; Marine Science; Seahorse; Jellyfish; Predation
|Monkey's Voyage -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-29 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
How do the species of the world wind up in their geographical locations? On this episode, Prof. Alan De Queiroz discusses ocean crossings and speciation.
Keywords: science, evolution, groks, ocean crossings
|Mathematical Universe -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What is the nature of reality? And, how can math provide the answers? On this program, Prof. Max Tegmark discussed the ultimate nature of reality.
Keywords: science; physics; math; groks
|Evolution of the Eye -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-15 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The wide array of eye designs in the animal kingdom reflects the critical role that sight plays in the well-being of an animal. Today, ophthamologist Dr. Ivan Schwab tells us the story of eye evolution, beginning with the first photoreceptive compounds and taking us through some of the most interesting and strange eyes known. We'll also learn a bit about our own eyes, how they work, and how we compare to other animals.
Keywords: Groks; Groks Science Show; eye; evolution; Ivan Schwab
|Chasing Shackleton -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Sir Ernest Shackleton's journey to Antartica is best known for the heroic and epic tale of survival that ensued following the initial disasters that were encountered. On this program, Tim Jarvis discussed recreating Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic voyage of survival.
Keywords: science; survival; Shackleton; Tim Jarvis; groks
|BRAIN Initiative -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-01 - Steve Briscoe|
In April, 2013, the Obama administration unveiled an ambitious plan to better understand the human brain and the causes of its dysfunction. They called it the BRAIN initiative. How can scientists rise to this momentus challenge? What can we reasonably expect in the next few years? Our guest, neuroscientist Partha Mitra, offers background and insight.
Keywords: BRAIN initiative; Groks; Partha Mitra; neuroscience
|10,000 Year Feast -- Groks Science Show 2013-12-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Are current trends in food production and consumption sustainable? To understand the challenges that humanity faces, we look back at how past societies adapted to food shortages. On this program, Junko Habu discusses findings from the Jomon civilization from the perspective of cultural anthropology and its implications for global climate change.
Keywords: food, Jomon, sustainability, diversity, adaptation, climate change, starvation
|The Gap -- Groks Science Show 2013-12-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Humans seem very distinct from other animals, but what is it about the human mind that truly defines us as uniquely human? On this episode, Prof. Thomas Suddendorf discussed the gap between humans and other animals.
Keywords: science; evolution; Humans; primates; minds; groks
|Paneled Mind -- Groks Science Show 2013-12-04 - Groks Science SHow|
Dr. Dwayne Godwin contributes regularly to Scientific American in the form of neuroscience comics. With co-author Jorge Cham, Dr. Godwin makes complex issues in neuroscience accessible to a broad audience. Today we'll discuss his creative process and goals for the series. A great way to learn about the brain!
Keywords: Dwayne Godwin; Jorge Cham; neuroscience; comics; outreach
|Countdown -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The population of the world continues to grow, but can the earth sustain it? On this program, Alan Weisman discussed sustainable population growth.
Keywords: science; population growth; groks
|Disovering Bird Species -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-20 - Tom Stewart|
In this episode, Ben Winger, PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago, discusses his research on how new species of birds evolve and his work in the Peruvian cloud forests.
Keywords: Groks; Science; Bird; Evolution; Science; Evolution; Birds
|Everything Pill -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The range of mental conditions is part of daily life, but at what point do downturns become pathological? On this program, Dr. Steven Walker discussed weighing therapy and pharmaceutical treatments for mental conditions.
Keywords: science; psychology; groks
|Space Robots -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-06 - Joanna Rowell|
Over the past 40 years, we’ve learned a great deal about the surface of Mars, the moons of Saturn, and the origins of our universe. On today’s show, Chris Impey, an astronomer from the University of Arizona and coauthor of Dreams of Other Worlds, joins us to discuss how unmanned space exploration has shaped our understanding of distant worlds.
Keywords: space; robots; groks; science; astronomy; NASA; Chris Impey; Holly Henry; Voyager; Mars; Hubble
|Kivalina Climate Change -- Groks Science Show 2013-10-30 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Climate change often seems massive, yet remote. However, the impacts are being felt around the globe. On this program, Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker discussed the impact of climate change.
Keywords: science; climate change; groks
|Love and Math -- Groks Science Show 2013-10-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The subject of mathematics often seems dry and removed from reality. This is largely because the true beauty of mathematics is rarely conveyed when the subject is taught. On this episode, Prof. Edward Frenkel discussed the hidden reality of math and the Langlands program.
Keywords: science; math; Langlands program; Edward Frenkel; groks
|Brain plasticity – Groks Science Show 2013-10-16 - Chenan Zhang|
Our prior belief of the brain as a static and unchanging organ is being replaced by a new understanding of the versatility of the brain throughout life. Brain plasticity, which involves changes occurring in our brain that allow us to learn and function in response to new experiences, happens not only early in life but also in adulthood, as well as in response to traumatic brain injury. Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus of neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, joins...
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; Brain plasticity; Michael Merzenich; Cognition
|Science of Oakland -- Groks Science Show 2013-10-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What happens when old friends meet again? Wildness ensues. On this episode, our man on the street Vikram Kulkarni, joins us to talk about the science of Oakland.
Keywords: Nobel Prizes; gravity; nuclear power; high-speed rail; MBSR; stress relief; iPhone
|Relaxation through Neurogenesis -- Groks Science Show 2013-10-02|
Anxiety disorders are a part of life for millions, possibly billions, of people around the world. Sadly, that's nothing new, but there has been a revolution in our understanding of these disorders. Dr. Mazen Kheirbek joins us to talk about anxiety disorders, adult neurogenesis, and the hippocampus.
Keywords: Groks; neurogenesis; adult neurogenesis; Kheirbek; Columbia; Hen; Rene Hen; anxiety; PTSD; OCD; post traumatic stress disorder; dentate gyrus; hippocampus; neurogenesis; adult neurogenesis; Kheirbek; Columbia; Hen; Rene Hen; anxiety; PTSD; OCD; post traumatic stress disorder; dentate gyrus; hippocampus
|Rational Animal -- Groks Science Show 2013-09-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Human behavior is often viewed as being eminently rational. However, modern psychology has shown that behavior is often guided more by evolutionary constraints. On this program, Prof. Douglas T. Kenrick discussed the evolutionary basis of human thinking.
Keywords: science; psychology; evolution; rationality; groks
|Universe Verse -- Groks Science Show 2013-09-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
As the internet expands, the barriers to spreading scientific knowledge falls. Yet, there is never enough science education. On this program, James Dunbar talks about his Kickstarter project, the Universe Verse.
Keywords: science literacy; education; kickstarter; universe; rhyming
|Self-Driving Cars -- Groks Science Show 2013-09-04|
Today we talk with Dr. Steve Underwood of the Connected Vehicle Proving Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. With several car companies promising to release nearly self-driving cars in the next decade, it's a good time to discuss what these cars actually do and how they might benefit us. Dr. Underwood tells us about why we might want a self-driving car, the state of the industry, and what we can expect in the near future.
Keywords: groks; groks science show Self-driving cars; autonomous vehicles; connected vehicle proving center; Steve Underwood
|Fracking -- Groks Science Show 2013-08-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been lauded as the solution to the peak oil problem, and will provide hundreds of years of cheap energy. But, the reality is very different. On this program, Richard Heinberg discussed the false promises of fracking.
Keywords: science; fracking; energy; oil; peak oil; groks
|Theory of Almost Everything -- Groks Science Show 2013-08-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Standard Model aims to explain phenomena of the very small and the very large. Yet, not quite everything in the universe can be explained by it. On this program, Thomas Buckholtz joins us to discuss complementary mathematics to bridge gaps in the Standard Model.
Keywords: mathematical physics; bosons; quarks; higgs; standard model
|Better Out in the Open -- Groks Science Show 2013-08-07 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Today, 85% of scientific articles are not published in open access journals. This means that unless you are part of an institution that subscribes to the journal you’re interested in, you’ll have to pay for the research studies you want to read. Our guests today, Dr. Patrick Brown and Dr. Michael Eisen, are part of a movement to promote free access to scientific literature. The two professors are co-founders of the Public Library of Science, which is a collection of open access journals...
Keywords: groks; open access; academic publishing; science; groks science show; PLoS; open access; public library of science; Michael Eisen; Patrick Brown
|Critical Thinking -- Groks Science Show 2013-07-31 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Although critical thinking is essential for effective communication and problem solving, the techniques for critical thinking are often not employed effectively. On this program, Dr. Linda Elder discussed how to think critically.
Keywords: science; psychology; critical thinking; groks
|Sudden Wealth Syndrome -- Groks Science Show 2013-07-24 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Sudden wealth can be a blessing and a curse, especially if the wealth is mismanaged. On this episode, Mr. Irvin Schorsch discussed dealing with sudden wealth syndrome.
Keywords: science; economics; fiscal planning; groks; Psychology
|Zap Em! -- Groks Science Show 2013-07-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Exposure to radiation gave us Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk but what really happens when people are exposed to it? On this program, Dr. Charles Limoli discusses what happens to brain cells in mice when they are exposed to radiation.
Keywords: CNS, mice, radiation, stem cells, memory
|Fishing in Fossil Lake -- Groks Science Show 2013-07-17 - Joanna Rowell|
Fossil Lake is a fascinating place, both in terms of its fossil hunting culture, and the insight it gives us into communities of long extinct animals. On this episode, Dr. Lance Grande discusses his new book, "The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time."
Keywords: evolution; paleontology; fossil lake; chicago; field museum; ecology; evolution
|The Age of Ivory -- Groks Science Show 2013-07-03 - Forrest Gulden, Charles Lee|
Less than a half a million African elephants live in the wild and more than 25,000 of those are poached every year. They are poached for their ivory even though African ivory collected after 1989 is generally illegal. One reason such robust poaching persists is that, until recently, there has been no way to determine when ivory was collected. Dr. Kevin Uno joins us to discuss his recent PNAS article detailing a test that closes this loophole...
Keywords: Groks; elephants; carbon; isotopes; C13; C14; C12; ecology; conservation; Kevin Uno; Lamont Doherty; Earth Observatory; ivory
|Doing It -- Groks Science Show 2013-06-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Although sex is an integral part of human existence, there is still much that most of us are in the dark about. On this program, Dr. Robert Martin discussed the evolution of sexual behaviors in humans.
Keywords: science; sex; sexuality; evolution; biology; groks
|Helping oysters help us -- Groks Science Show 2013-06-19|
Oysters face an ocean of difficulty but offer us a world of good. Dr. George Waldbusser joins us to discuss oysters and his work concerning the effects of ocean acidification on oyster development.
Keywords: Waldbusser; oyster; oysters; development; ocean acidification; acidification; hatchery; environment
|Sink Mystery -- Groks Science Show 2013-06-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
They surround us. They live in us. They are bacteria. Some cause diseases, others produce cheese. Yet, the majority of bacteria on our planet have not been identified. On this program, Jeffrey McLean discusses the genomic sequencing of this dark matter of life.
Keywords: PM 61; bacteria; biofilm; JCVI; Craig Venter; microbes
|Return to Sender -- Groks Science Show 2013-06-05|
Ken Weiss has some of the most controversial samples in all of anthropology. Collected from the Yanomami by James Neel and Napolean Chagnon more than forty years ago, the samples have, for more than ten years, produced nothing but headaches for Dr. Weiss. Dr. Weiss joined us to discuss the controversy surrounding these samples and to describe the enormous difficulty associated with returning these samples to the Yanomami.
Keywords: Yanomami; Yanomamo; Yanomama; Weiss; Chagnon; Neel; Tierney; samples; informed consent; consent; blood; amazon; Brazil; ethics; morals
|Terminated -- Groks Science Show 2013-05-29 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The rapid increases in the processing power of computers is heralding a brave new world where jobs will be completely automated. But, what will the economy of a future dominated by computers and robots be like? On this program, Kevin Drum discussed the economics of a robotic future.
Keywords: science; economics; Robotics; computers; technology; groks
|Universe Ticket -- Groks Science Show 2013-05-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The universe is a very large place and it often helps to have a guide. On this episode, Megan Watzke discussed a guide to the cosmos.
Keywords: science; cosmology; astronomy; groks
|The Dinosaurs They Are A-Changin’ -- Groks Science Show 2013-05-15 - Joanna Rowell, Forrest Gulden, Charles Lee, Frank Ling|
Dinosaurs! Who doesn't love them? But the dinosaurs of our childhood - the giant Brontosaurus, the spiky Stegosaurus, and the Godzilla-like Tyrannosaurus rex - have changed so much over the years. The Brontosaurus, for example, never actually existed, and T. Rex might have had feathers! On this episode, science writer Brian Switek discussed his new book, "My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs."
Keywords: Brian Switek; dinosaurs; paleontology; brontosaurus; science; groks
|Canary in a Coal Mine -- Groks Science Show 2013-05-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The natural disasters that small islands face are regarded as the canary in a coal mine on the issue of global climate change. Yet, progress towards international action moves at a glacial pace. On this program, John Hay discussed the importance small island countries and the respective roles of developed and developing countries.
Keywords: climate change; adaptation; small islands; resilience; uncertainty; IPCC; UNFCC
|The Science of Longevity -- Groks Science Show 2013-05-01 - Joanna Rowell|
Who doesn't want to live a longer, healthier life? But what is the science behind the many different health fads, and what can a laboratory worm, the nematode, teach us about longevity? On this episode, Professor Ted Anton joins us to discuss his book, "The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth."
Keywords: Ted Anton; longevity; insulin; nematodes; resveratrol; health; aging
|Alimentary Adventures -- Groks Science Show 2013-04-24 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The alimentary canal is a structure that most would rather not explore to deeply, metaphorically or literally. Yet, on this program, Mary Roach discussed her adventures through the alimentary canal.
Keywords: science; alimentary canal; gulp; biology; groks
|Paleofantasy -- Groks Science Show 2013-04-17|
'Based on a true story' isn't a phrase that only applies to books and movies. It also applies to our conceptions of the past. We're constantly compelled to fit what we know, or think we know, about the past into some kind of narrative. Unfortunately, both those facts and that narrative are sometimes wrong. Dr. Marlene Zuk joins us to discuss her book, Paleofantasies: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live.
Keywords: Groks; Science; technology; evolution; Zuk; Brennan; Marlene Zuk; crickets; Patricia Brennan; Ducks; Sex; basic research; basic science; paleofantasy; paleo; diet; running; persistence running
|Social Network -- Groks Science Show 2013-04-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Social networks can drive mass sharing of videos and unusual memes. But is it also a good way to mobilize masses of people from around the globe for a common cause? On this program, Alex Rutherford talks about his team's study on locating balloons through the DARPA Network Challenge using social networks.
Keywords: connectors; DARPA; six degree; social networks; groks
|Euclidean Space -- Groks Science Show 2013-04-03 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Euclidean geometry seems fundamental to the way the world operated, so much so that we often take for granted its basic tenets. On this program, Dr. David Berlinski discussed his book, The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements.
Keywords: science; geometry; math; euclidl; groks
|Frankenstein's Cat -- Groks Science Show 2013-03-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Bioengineering is changing the way we think about the nature of biology. What do the advances in biotechnology mean for the future? On this program, Emily Anthes discussed bioengineering and her book, Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts.
Keywords: science; technology; bioengineering; biotech; genetic modification; neural engineering; groks
|Weather Maths -- Groks Science Show 2013-03-20|
Humans have wanted to know tomorrow's weather for as long as there have been todays. Only in the last few centuries, however, have we begun making mathematically sound attempts to forecast the weather. Dr. Ian Roulstone joins us to discuss his book, Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather. We discuss the history of mathematics in weather forecasting, data assimilation, and the general applicability of those mathematics to other fields.
Keywords: Weather; Ian Roulstone; Groks Science Show; meteorology; climate; Invisible in the Storm; John Norbury; data assimilation
|Sleep Diet -- Groks Science Show 2013-03-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Americans eat too much. They drink too much. They just about do everything in excess, except sleep. On this program, Prof. Kenneth Wright discussed how lack of sleep influences our metabolism and its effect on weight gain.
Keywords: sleep, circadian, weight gain, metabolism, melatonin
|The Cosmos Within Us -- Groks Science Show 2013-03-06 - Joanna Rowell|
Where did the atoms in our bodies come from? How did Jupiter shape the evolution of life on Earth? Why is our moon so weird? And, most importantly, how do you make an apple pie from scratch? On this episode, evolutionary biologist and paleontologist Neil Shubin joins us to discuss his exciting new book, "The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People."
Keywords: evolution; geology; Neil Shubin; cosmology; astronomy; cosmology; Neil Shubin; paleontology; geology; Jupiter; The Universe Within